Staying Off the Naughty (Spending) List:  Ways to Manage Your Finances and Avoid Post-Holiday Blues 

The holidays are filled with temptation to overspend. Here’s my advice on how to manage your holiday spending.
By Eric Tyson

The holidays are upon us, bringing all those personal and family images and sensations we cherish. But for many of us, there are a few not-so-joyous holiday sights (overflowing boxes and bags from our purchases) and sounds (email notifications of our latest orders and purchases online and the ca-ching! of retail cash registers marking our escalating debt). These negatives can easily outweigh all that we love about the holiday season.

Overall, the 2008 financial crisis and recession brought about a renewed dedication to saving. It’s very important that you not let your holiday spending zap all of the saving progress you made during the year.

Whether it’s a dedication to the gift-giving tradition, a sense of obligation, or a feeling that the holidays entitle us to have a little more fun than usual, too many of us seem to turn a blind eye to the budget-busting reality of all that spending over just a couple of months. Don’t let excessive holiday spending cause unnecessary financial stress for you and your loved ones. Continue reading “Staying Off the Naughty (Spending) List:  Ways to Manage Your Finances and Avoid Post-Holiday Blues “

JSW Group and ace fashion designer Manish Arora profess philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love”

JSW Groups’ iconic landmark Jindal Mansion, dons a master piece created by ace fashion designer Manish Arora in conjunction with St+art Mumbai. As a part of St+art Mumbai 2014 UK based artist, Filthy Luker, had installed giant inflatable tentacles on the mansion which caught everyone’s attention.

‘All We Need is Love.’ is the inspiration, and the title, of Arora’s installation. In a world filled so much chaos, conflict and hatred, positive imagery and messaging are extremely important. The installation aims to evoke emotions like love and encourage passersby to stop and think of beauty in the world. The JSW Group, Manish Arora and St+art India Foundation hope that this message will be an affirmation and a reminder to be hopeful for the future.

Mrs Sangita Jindal – Chairperson JSW Foundation says, as a patron of Art, I strongly believe that Art and Culture contribute towards the growth of  society and creates positive ripples of conversation for our future generations. It is important that art is inclusive and can be experienced by as wide an audience as possible. I am happy that Manish has used the canvas of our iconic Jindal Mansion, to spread love & joy this festive season.

“The inspiration for this art piece comes from my life philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love” and the designs showcase and interpret love in different forms. I want people to stop and ponder when they look at the installation and for that one minute, feel pure unadulterated love. In today’s social and political environment, it’s so important to remember its love that makes us human and connects all of us. Continue reading “JSW Group and ace fashion designer Manish Arora profess philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love””

Hindu Heritage Month Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, locatedat 61 Claireville Drive, Toronto,celebrated Hindu Heritage Month, on November 25 and 26, in support of this initiative of the Government of Ontario. Visitors to the Mandir were greeted by volunteer tour guides and enjoyed the experience of arti, Abhishek and the Hindu Heritage Exhibition.

Special guests during the Hindu Heritage Month celebrations included:

  • The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj inspired the creation of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir and many other mandirs around the world, including BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, to promote and preserve Hindu heritage and values for generations to come.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 97th birth anniversary was also celebrated on Sunday November 26.

Devotees and the community came together to commemorate the many years Pramukh Swami Maharaj had dedicated to promoting Hindu heritage and guiding the lives of individuals all over the world. Children and youths rehearsed for weeks before the festival, practicing devotional songs and traditional dances to share their enthusiasm and appreciation for Pramukh Swami Maharaj. They also prepared skits and speeches reminiscing on the influence that Pramukh Swami Maharaj has had on individuals. Continue reading “Hindu Heritage Month Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir”

Ontario Action Plan for Seniors 

By; Bob Delaney, Member of Provincial parliament, Mississauga-Streetsville

About one in 9 of Ontario’s seniors lives in Mississauga and Brampton. Today, Ontario’s services to them just took a progressive step forward. Ontario unveiled the Aging with Confidence plan.

Aging with Confidence is a major overhaul and expansion of many programs aimed at serving seniors. It includes $15 million investment in housing in the next two years; unlocking surplus Ontario-owned land; new mixed-use housing development; a free high-dose flu vaccine targeted at protecting seniors from the seasonal flu; 5,000 new long-term care beds in the next four years; more care to long-term care residents; and expanding house calls to include nurses, social workers, therapists and other providers.

Social interaction

Social interaction is something seniors frequently ask about. Aging with Confidence supports learning and mentorship between youth and seniors. Youth volunteers can also assist seniors with their grasp of today’s information technology. Seniors continue to embrace the web at rapid rates. Seniors can get help with on-line protection and etiquette, how to access information, completing electronic forms, as well as today’s staple tasks: e-mail, social media and how to best use a mobile phone.

The number of seniors in Ontario will double to 4.6 million in the next generation. Ontario will continue to be the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on what seniors say they care about most: living independently; staying connected; social, and active. Continue reading “Ontario Action Plan for Seniors “

UNITED FOR GIRL POWER!

Female Empowerment Ambassador & producer of PADMAN, Twinkle Khanna, invited to join eminent panel at United Nations, NY for ‘Woman Entrepreneurship Day

Best-Selling Author, Film Producer and vocal female empowerment champion, Twinkle Khanna was invited to be part of a panel of “girl power” change-makers at the annual international Women’s Entrepreneurship Day [WED] event, which convened at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, 17th November 2017.

Held to empower women and girls globally to help alleviate poverty, WED curated the Sparking Confidence in Girls with Stars of Today panel, which saw Twinkle Khanna join discussions with other eminent personalities including Sara Bareilles, Singer, Songwriter, 6-time Grammy Nominee, Broadway Musical Writer/ Composer “Waitress”, Mikaila Ulmer, 12 Years Old, Founder Me & the Bees Lemonade & Successful ABC Shark Tank Contestant, Angela Simmons, Founder/Designer Foofi and Bella, Editor Angela’s Rundown, Star WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop and MTV’s Run House, Philanthropist. The panel was moderated by Veronica Dagher, ‘Secrets of Wealthy Women’ @WSJPodcasts and Wall Street Journal Wealth Adviser Reporter.

In an event replete with a host of high-profile attendees such as the CEO of Beauty Evolution, Bobbi Brown, the First Woman Television Producer in the US Lucy Jarvis Continue reading “UNITED FOR GIRL POWER!”

Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act for City of Brampton’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Just Announced! City of Brampton’s Headliner and Opening Act for Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!

BRAMPTON, ON: On November 17, at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the City of Brampton announced The Sheepdogs will be the headliner for this year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration in downtown Brampton. Special guests, Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act.

 Save the date  Sunday, December 31, from 5:30 pm to 12:30 am, as the New Year’s Eve Celebration is an exciting annual event for the whole family.

 The City of Brampton is excited to share this incredible roster of musical talent for this year’s FREE New Year’s Eve concert in Garden Square. Come to downtown Brampton to ring in 2018 with this all-Canadian concert line-up!

 The program includes musical performances by a number of Brampton locals including Guinness World Record holder for World’s Youngest DJ, Brandan Duke the DJ, indie rock band The Downturns and Canadian rapper, Pryde.

 The fun goes beyond Garden Square! This year, there will be a children’s dance party in the City Hall Atrium, craft station in the Conservatory and skating at Gage Park’s open air rink. Warm up at a fire pit while roasting marshmallows. The gazebo in the park is where we’ll be rocking out from 5:30 pm with music and an emcee to get the party started. Continue reading “Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act for City of Brampton’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!”

 It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence

Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women recognize that by working in a spirit of collaboration, they have an opportunity to help advance gender equality across Canada.

Last week, at the  35th annual meeting of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women in Toronto, the Ministers worked collaboratively to advance the key priorities affecting women and girls in Canada.

The Ministers had the opportunity to discuss many issues of importance, including the low reporting rates of sexual assaults across Canada. Ministers recognized the efforts taken by law enforcement and community groups to find ways of working together to better support survivors of sexual violence. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Waterloo Regional Police, representing the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia were invited to present on best practices for supporting survivors to report sexual assault. The RCMP is committed to working with interested jurisdictions and communities to explore expanding third party reporting. Third party reporting is a process where a survivor may anonymously report a sexual assault through a community-based organization. 

The Government of Canada also shared details on It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence and a proposed survey on gender-based violence. Ministers will continue to monitor trends in supporting survivors of sexual violence. Continue reading ” It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence”

Chance at Dance: Balance & Bounce!

Dance party, anyone? Yes, of course!

There’s a dancer in each of us. Everyone can do something, be it just foot tapping or swaying your body with the music. Well, that’s all that you need. So take a chance at dance because that’s one of the best forms of exercise.

It is a fun way to maintain health, stay fit and fight those calories. Not only does it provide physical benefits but it uplifts the mood as well. Even frail, elderly seniors can have a routine which will not only improve their balance but also their gait and cognitive performance. It has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, so you can bounce back to improved mental health too.

Other forms of exercise can have the same   benefits, but dancing is more appealing because

Social interaction, and fun are mixed together with the workout. In addition to dance studios that offer individual and group lessons, many gyms have dance-fitness classes like Zumba that combine dance and aerobics. Some incorporate styles like belly dancing, Bollywood, and ballet along with Pilates or other core exercises. . Personally, I enjoy dancing –Zumba, Bollywood, Bhangra! I am not trained, probably got the worst moves, but I ‘dance like nobody’s watching’! If there’s a song you just can’t resist, go for it. Never mind what the other person thinks! As long as we don’t step on their toes, we’re ok!

A study by the American Medical Association found that adolescent girls had more positive thoughts and felt more self-confident after dancing. There’s no age limit and this inclusive art is accessible to all. Continue reading “Chance at Dance: Balance & Bounce!”

Celebrating South Asian Culture

 

MARKHAM (October 5, 2017) –The Flato Markham Theatre is proud to celebrate the vibrant cultures that reside in the GTA. Flato Developments is presenting a series of performances featuring South Asian artists grace the stage bringing moving music, incredible stories and powerful movement to Markham.

Sachal Ensemble Song of Lahore on November 9 – No music lover could fail to be moved by the inspiring story of The Sachal Ensemble as depicted in the documentary film Song of Lahore by two-time Academy Award-winning director SharmeenObaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken.  Having to disband in 1977 due to the implementation of Sharia law in Pakistan, the musicians were reunited in an underground movement that saw them become a YouTube sensation by blending their age-old tradition with American jazz.  The Sachal Ensemble shows a different side of Pakistan as this is true “world music” at its finest.

Passage to Bollywood November 28 & 30 – Direct from India, A Passage to Bollywood is a vibrant stage musical with foot tapping music, colourful costumes and a gripping plot that keeps you at the edge of your seat, covering various aspects of the Indian Bollywood culture. It comprises of old classics as well as the latest Bollywood songs. The audience can expect to experience drama, action, romance, and dance just like a typical Bollywood Film.  Presented by Navdhara India Dance Theatre.

HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan March 10 – HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is a fun, poignant and deeply moving coming of age story of a girl in modern day Mumbai by the award-winning actress Dipti Mehta. Continue reading “Celebrating South Asian Culture”

Free admission to Toronto history museums today through November 

From today to November 30, general admission to nine of the City’s historic museums will be free courtesy of Mackenzie Investments in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

“I would like to thank Mackenzie Investments for providing this unique opportunity for the public to experience Toronto’s history,” said Mayor John Tory. “This generous donation will help residents and visitors learn about and engage with the city’s past at our historic sites. It is another example of how partnerships can help enhance Toronto’s programs and help us build a better city.”

“Mackenzie Investments has humble roots in the city of Toronto. From a one-person startup firm 50 years ago to a company that now helps over a million Canadians meet their financial goals, we are delighted to sponsor these museums. It is our small way of saying thank you to our clients and Canadians and we hope as many people as possible take advantage of the free admission,” said Barry McInerney, President and CEO of Mackenzie Investments.

During the five-week period, visitors can explore Toronto history museums through ongoing tours during regular hours and discover memorable and moving exhibits such as “Eaton’s Goes to War: Family, Memory & Meaning” at Mackenzie House, “Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto’s Take on a National Symbol” at the Market Gallery and “Gibson House Preserves” at Gibson House.

On November 4 and 5, a number of the museums will celebrate Toronto’s culinary history with “Canada Cooks, Toronto Eats,” which will feature live cooking demonstrations, food and drink samples, and presentations from chefs and special guests. More information about this event and others is available at http://www.toronto.ca/momento.

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